For what sports should my child wear a mouthguard?

Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN
Emergency Room Nursing
You should consider having your child wear a mouth guard for any sport where contact is possible. Be sure to check with your dental care provider for the best fitting mouthguard for your child. 
The American Dental Association and International Academy of Sports Dentistry recommend mouth guards for the following sports:
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Track and field
(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
Sports and recreational activities provide an opportunity for injury. Mouth protectors, also called mouthguards, are an important piece of protective face gear. You've probably seen mouth protectors used in contact sports, such as hockey, football or boxing. Coaches and team members know that mouth protectors cushion blows that would otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips and face and sometimes even jaw fractures.

Non-contact sports such as soccer, volleyball and gymnastics and leisure activities such as bicycling, roller skating and skateboarding also place a child at risk for dental injuries. If your child takes part in these activities, ask your dentist to recommend a mouth protector.

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